KEEN festival lovers can snap up next year’s T in the Park tickets today (Tuesday) from 10am.
While some campers are still making their way home from this year’s Balado spectacular, others are already looking ahead to 2010.
Limited tickets for next year’s event go on sale online today, at this year’s prices.
Organisers were celebrating a successful 16th festival yesterday (Monday) as they waved goodbye to the 85,000 music fans.
They said the festival crowd had been noted as one of the most relaxed and happy in the event’s history.
Overall crime was down for 2009 with 253 crimes reported (261 in 2008) and 58 arrests (67 in 2008) on site.
Custodies for Perth Sheriff Court today were also halved with 15 people expected to appear in court.
Police took the plaudits for their patrols, while early campsite opening on Thursday and some scorching summer weather also contributed to a trouble-free event for 5,000 staff on site.
Festival promoter Geoff Ellis said: “This year’s festival has had a really distinctive and diverse line up, from cutting edge acts like Glasvegas, Little Boots and Florence and the Machine to a touch of pop glamour from Katy Perry, Lily Allen and The Saturdays.
“Kings of Leon, The Killers and Snow Patrol all played brilliant closing sets, and Blur were well worth the wait for a truly memorable final performance on Sunday night.
“Highlights for me included a classic Main Stage performance from The Specials, a rousing return performance from T in the Park favourites the Manic Street Preachers, the Pet Shop Boys Balado debut and, of course, what is already a legendary T performance from Lady Gaga.
“A huge thanks to everyone who has worked so hard behind the scenes to make the festival a success, the 240 plus artists who came to perform on our stages and the 85,000 music fans who joined us from Scotland and every corner of the globe who have once again proved that T in the Park has the world’s best festival audience.”
George Kyle, of founding partner Tennent’s Lager added: “The T in the Park team has delivered an outstanding festival, which we’re extremely proud to be a part of.
“The site was in fantastic shape this year and once again the amazing T in the Park audience helped create one of the most relaxed and good-spirited festivals I’ve seen.”
Proud of the low crime rate, Perth’s chief superintendent Craig Suttie said: “I am very pleased to report that we have enjoyed another successful T in the Park at Balado this year and happy to say that, while the weekend has not been incident free, no serious crime has been committed at the festival.
“The new style of policing at the camp site was warmly received by everyone, most importantly the campers, and I have no doubt that this approach, for which we received excellent support from the event stewards, contributed to the community spirit enjoyed by everyone this year.
“We should not forget, however, the road traffic accident that happened near to the festival this year and the tragic loss of a young life.
“As Commander for Perth and Kinross I speak on behalf of everyone at Tayside Police and the festival when I say our thoughts are with Lachlan Gillies’ family and friends.”
Tickets for 2010 can be bought on www.tinthepark.com or by calling 08444 999 990.